There’s something about this big chill we’re having at the moment that makes me feel really festive.
Last year, for us, was a bit ‘blah’ in terms of Christmas: we couldn’t put many decorations up due to the limbo of moving (we actually ended up moving on December 23rd), it was unseasonably mild and we never got round to doing our planned ‘eating only canapés for an entire day whilst watching Harry Potter’.
So this year will be different, we’ve already bought a tree (our first real one!) and getting ready to hang decorations.
Our new sofa has already got me in the mood for staying in more, lighting too many candles and watching Home Alone on repeat. I usually wrap presents early, whilst listening to the Phil Spector music playlist – I am chief wrapper in my household and get such a thrill out of it. We’re a bit later than usually with getting presents but again, for the first time, we’re taking a day off work to go shopping. In real shops. I know, we’re really embracing it.
Although our house will be far from finished by the time Christmas comes (and the radiators removed from our hallway!), there is definitely something special about the first Christmas in our new home (last year didn’t count: we moved in, packed our bags and relocated to our parents’ as there was no heating or hot water!).
Knowing this will be our home for many Christmases to come is quite special, so we’re really indulging in the decorations on the fireplace and twinkling lights.
We bought a tree from Finsbury Park Christmas Forest (our new local!), it’s our first year buying a real tree and, although I don’t usually agree with cutting down trees, we allowed ourselves this indulgence with all the building work going on – you really can’t beat the smell and look of it. It already felt like such a lovely tradition picking one out and checking all the branches…and partnered with The White Company’s ‘Fir’ candle, our living room smelt exactly like Christmas (just needed some pigs in blankets in the oven!).
Although there won’t be any Bloody Marys for me this year, that’s one tradition I can happily bypass and sometimes it’s time to usher in some change – I’m more excited than ever to be looking forward to the new year with too much chocolate, cosy nights in and living in our own little fairytale (even if it is still only in one room for now).